Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Soldiers' helmets lined with wool

About 12,000 yards of wool from 15 sheep from Maryland's Eastern Shore will travel to Afghanistan to help the troops.

On Babs and Stan Minken's Lostock Farm in Bozman, 15 Border Leicester sheep roam and graze on about 15 of the farm's 200 acres. The couple raises the sheep for wool and meat.

About seven weeks ago, Babs Minken read about a pattern for wool liners in helmets for the military. She contacted the provided site and wound up taking about 60 skeins of wool to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia.

Each skein contained about 200 yards of wool. At the museum, the knitters turned the wool into helmet liners. The wool Minken took to the museum should be enough to make about 100 liners.

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Thanks to G.R. Welsh for suggesting this article.